Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Past Today

I interrupt my Blogher recap because I must comment on this story. If you recall my post, The Past, I told about how my early puberty affected the rest of my life. On my ride home from work yesterday, I heard NPR's All Things Considered Puberty Comes Earlier for Today's Girls. It totally set my mind ablaze. It was all I could think about as I sat in the tunnel and on the Expressway.

I am happy to see this discussed. I also saw it in the Metro newspaper this morning. I was one of those freaks in grade school who was much taller then the boys, who was wearing a bra in the second grade, got my period at age 8, etc. It sucked, big time. It was freaky back then because no one cared or noticed. The doctors said nothing, that I am aware of. My Mother commented to her friends about my bra size. The boys, well as I have said, would not leave me alone.

I was happy to hear that it is being addressed. How it is discussed in schools and not swept under the carpet as it was almost 30 (UGH!) years ago. If it can help a girl avoid what I went through and the subsequent problems it caused in my life, it makes me happy.

I could not wait to talk about this. I heard the report and it totally brought up the past. It also gave me hope for the future of today's girls.


  1. Hi Jen. I came over from the GDT.

    I saw this article yesterday too and was shocked and saddened by it. I can't even imagine how awful it must have been for you to go through that at age 8.

    I agree that something needs to be done - definitely more education and awareness at school. We've come a long way with anti-bullying rules, and this definitely needs to be taken into consideration too.

  2. Agreed, it's rough. I started menstruating at age 9 and was fully developed by 12. Adults spoke to me like I was grown and 'should know better' constantly.

  3. ABC news mentioned it yesterday and I thought of you. I really hope they can figure out the cause of it so that it can be stopped, if possible. They mentioned environmental factors which may be nearly impossible to track.

    In happier news, I just wanted to let you know that I passed my Versatile Blogger award onto you and nine other blogs. Congrats! Well deserved.

  4. I will have to stop by the NPR article, but want to mention that in my vegan dieting and attempt at clean living, I have come across several articles that mention the bovine hormones that are causing this. Basically, eating beef or any other dairy products is causing us to ingest hormones at huge levels. Poultry and pork, same thing. Not to mention the antibiotics.

    It makes me so sick.

    I was BARELY 10 when I started my period, wearing a bra in 5th grade sucked. I cannot imagine being 8 though. Good Lord, you must have suffered.

  5. My ten year started menstrating just a few months ago. It is so hard for her to be a kid now. We arrange swim days around her period and she is really bummed about the whole thing. I know that my other daughter is on the same track. 10 just seems so young :(


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